Driving under the influence is a serious crime, and punishable in all 50 states. Getting into a car while intoxicated puts you and others at risk, and can sometimes prove to be fatal. While you should never operate a vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol, you still have options if you are charged with a DUI.
Making one mistake doesn’t have to ruin your life. If you have been arrested on DUI charges, you still have the same rights as any other criminal. In some cases, DUI defendants can submit a plea to reduced charges, nullify evidence, or negotiate for a lighter sentence. A DUI might tarnish your reputation, but it certainly doesn’t have to change your whole life.
When arrested for a DUI in the state of California, regardless of guilt, your license will be suspended for 30 days after your arrest. You will then face criminal charges, where you enter a plea, and possibly continue to a trial. In certain circumstances, your lawyer might be able to negotiate an outcome that prevents you from ever going to court; should you be required to go to court, the outcome of the case will be decided by a jury. Penalties under this charge vary greatly, and they all depend on the level of severity.
The levels of DUI charges vary. If this is your first offense, it’s typically seen as less serious in the court of law. The state of California actually has an entirely different set of penalties for first time offenses.
Since the rules, laws and regulations are complex, and punishments can be very serious, it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as you can. If you have been charged with a DUI, contact Lungin Law to learn the next steps. Lungin Law has been representing Los Angeles since 1996, and can get you the outcome you need to get on with your life.